Surbana Jurong deploys 3,000 IoT sensors to reduce Temasek Poly’s carbon footprint

Temasek Polytechnic has chosen Surbana Jurong to deploy one of Singapore’s largest Digital Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) Services platforms at its 30-hectare campus in Tampines, Singapore.

With the help of its appointed Internet-of-Things (IoT) service provider Unabiz, Surbana Jurong will deploy more than 3,000 sensors across the campus to provide real-time accurate data to a digital twin that can identify faults, anticipate risks and accurately predict changing facility conditions. 

The Digital IFM platform will collect and monitor data from the air conditioning and mechanical ventilation system to ensure that temperature and humidity levels remain healthy for students and campus staff. 

Sensors installed at various locations around the campus will also be able to keep tabs on the number of persons in specific facilities to ensure that capacity limits are not breached. Data collected from these occupancy sensors will also help the campus manager identify usage patterns and potentially re-configure the campus to be more cost-effective to operate. 

By aggregating the data collected from the various mechanical and electrical systems on the facilities management platform, Temasek Polytechnic will be able to monitor energy usage and identify opportunities to reduce costs and lower carbon footprint.  

Gary Png, director of estates and facilities management at, Temasek Polytechnic, said their FM Digitalisation Plan will allow for more efficient operations of 49 buildings across the campus while lowering their carbon footprint. 

“This will not only be sustainable and save on resources, but will also benefit our students from the Diploma in Integrated Facility Management, who will be getting hands-on learning and working experience,” said Png. “By using such real data in decision-making, they will be exposed to the future of facility management, moving forward.”  

James Chan, managing director of SMM, Surbana Jurong’s Facilities Management arm, said that one distinct benefit of their solution will be enabling Temasek Polytechnic to receive real-time information of the environment as well as the health condition of the various mechanical and electrical systems, and to rectify them before they become faulty or waste unnecessary energy and cost as a result.